George Clooney writes an open letter to Daily Mail to stop publishing photos of his children
George Clooney has written an open letter to “the Daily Mail and other publications”, requesting that they “refrain” from publishing pictures of his and barrister wife Amal’s children.
The actor’s move followed the news that the Daily Mail’s online section had taken down photos of actress Billie Lourd’s one-year-old child.
“Having just seen photos of Billie Lourd’s 1 year-old baby in your publication, and the fact that you subsequently took those pictures down, we would request that you refrain from putting our children’s faces in your publication.
“I am a public figure and accept the oftentimes intrusive photos as part of the price to pay for doing my job. Our children have made no such commitment.
“The nature of my wife’s work has her confronting and putting on trial terrorist groups and we take as much precaution as we can to keep our family safe. We cannot protect our children if any publication puts their faces on their cover.
“We have never sold a picture of our kids, we are not on social media and never post pictures because to do so would put their lives in jeopardy. Not paranoid jeopardy but real world issues, with real world consequences.
“We hope that you would agree that the need to sell advertisement isn’t greater than the need to keep innocent children from being targeted.
In 2014, George Clooney rejected an apology from the Daily Mail over an untrue story it printed about his then-fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s family, saying it was “a premeditated lie”.
The Hollywood star released a statement in which he accused the Mail Online of “inciting violence” after they published a story claiming that Alamuddin’s mother opposed her daughter marrying outside of the Druze religion.
“I thank the Mail for its apology,” he said. “Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid.
“One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”